News on US' legal advice on the legality of fees
In response to the pre-event briefing of Think Tank 1, an article of BBC News (30th May, 2013) highlighted the legal advice sought by Universities Scotland on fees charged to students from the rUK after independence. The legal advice was also picked up by Herald Scotland on the 31st May, 2013.
On the 30th May, in the Scottish Parliament, the pre-event briefing paper of Think Tank 1 was cited during FMQs by Liz Smith MSP. In response, Alex Salmond referred to the legal advice published by Universities Scotland as a grounding for the plausibility of continuing to charge students from the rest of the UK tuition fees in an independent Scotland.
The articles, the footage of the FMQs and the corresponding Business Bulletin can be viewed via the following links:
BBC News - Scottish independence: University fee structure 'legal'
Herald Scotland - 'Gamechanging' university tuition fees advice faces criticism
Herald Scotland - Inside Track: Tuition fees
Scottish Parliament - First Minister's Questions 30/05/13
Scottish Parliament - Business Bulletin No. 88 / 2013 (Thursday 30 May 2013)
Pre-event briefing - Think Tank 1: The funding of higher education in Scotland, the UK and internationally
CREID project: Higher Education in Scotland, the Devolution Settlement and the Referendum on Independence